Andrew Scott Reisse, 33, a co-founder and lead engineer for Oculus VR, which produces the Oculus Rift headset, has been killed in a hit-and-run accident in Santa Ana, California, reports KABC.
Here’s what you need to know…
1. He Was Struck as a Pedestrian Bystander During a Police Chase
He was struck by the fleeing vehicle while crossing the street at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Flower Street, according to OC Weekly. You can view the intersection below:
2. One of the Suspects Was Fatally Shot by Police Officers
The incident occurred after a police altercation with two parked cars full of people apparently involved in some illegal activity. The confrontation turned physical and resulted in the fatal shooting of Gerardo Diego Ayala, 26, by police officers.
Investigators claim this is what started the car pursuit, as three other suspects then drove off in a white Dodge Charger, running a red-light and striking Reisse, according to KABC.
3. Reisse’s Oculus Rift Was Considered a Revolution in Virtual Reality
Here’s Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters testing out the device.
The Oculus Rift was the first headset device to make good on many of the promises of the virtual reality dreams of the ’80s.
Invented by Reisse’s partner and co-founder of Oculus VR Palmer Luckey, the Oculus Rift offers head-tracking, stereoscopic 3D rendering, a 110-degree field of view (most VR headsets before this only offered 40-degree views), and 720p LCD screen resolution. The headset retails for $300, according to the Oculus VR website.
4. The Oculus Rift Was a Crowd-Funded Project on Kickstarter
The Kickstarter campaign was started by Luckey who had hoped to raise $250,000 to develop the device. After just 30 days, the project raised $2,437,429 and had 9,522 backers.
5. The Oculus Rift Made Headlines When It Was Used to Simulate a Guillotine
In early May of this year, a team of developers found a creative and macabre use of the Oculus Rift by utilizing the device to simulate what it might be like have your head chopped off in a guillotine.
The prototype device uses two HD screens to create an exceptionally immersive 3D experience for anyone wearing the headset.
The guillotine ‘game’ places the wearer in the position of a convict awaiting execution.